– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 16 July 2010.

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Question S3W-34741

To ask the Scottish Executive how many people live in one-bedroomed houses for older people in community locations and what the council tax banding is for such property, broken down by local authority area.

Alex Neil MSP: The number of people living in one-bedroomed houses for older people in community locations is not held centrally.

However information on the number of sheltered housing units provided by councils and housing associations is collected by the Scottish Government. These figures are published annually by local authority area on the Scottish Government’s website:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/SpecialNeedsHousing. At 31 March 2009 there were 32,691 sheltered houses for the elderly and an additional 5,346 very sheltered houses. In addition there are also housing units which have been adapted for the elderly.

A breakdown of these units by council tax band is not held centrally. The placing of properties into valuation bands is a matter for the relevant Assessor in each local authority area. Valuations and tax bands for similar properties will vary across Scotland due to other contributory factors, including condition and location.